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Friends of the Norman Library preparing for annual Fall Book Sale

book saleAs fall approaches, residents of Norman and surrounding areas anticipate the Friends of the Norman Library Fall Book Sale! Volunteers process thousands of books to prepare for the largest sale of the year scheduled for Oct. 16-19 at Norman Public Library Central. Everything presented for sale has been donated. 

The sale begins with a members only pre-sale from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. New and renewed members are admitted both the pre-sale and a reception catered by Legends, and get the first pick of items in the sale.

The general public sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, with a $5 bag sale from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, as the final chance for shoppers to pick up materials.

For now, efforts are focused on getting ready for the sale. Donors bring cartons of gently used books, CDs, vinyl recordings, current magazines, video tapes, and even college textbooks at the Friends Sorting Center, 224 E. Gray. The Sorting Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each item is evaluated for condition and value, then it is placed into a specific category area for pricing before sorting into subject categories.

All proceeds from the Friends’ book sales along with memberships support the Norman public libraries and their programs, professional development and acquisition of materials. 

Find new ways to advance your family history research

treeTake family history research to the World Wide Web with the upcoming Norman Public Library Central workshop, Three for Free Genealogy Databases! The free class takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Kathryn Ramsay, Genealogy and Local History Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will show the ins and outs of three genealogy databases –, Heritage Quest and Fold 3 – that are offered free of charge for library card holders in the system.

The class is for ages 18 and up, and space is limited so registration is requested in advance as space in the Computer Training Center is limited.


Start 2nd Friday with our Adult Story Time

FridayStory Time isn’t just for children anymore. Not with the Norman Public Library Central’s 2nd Friday Adult Story Time, next scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

The event is a kickoff for the month’s Norman Arts Council 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. It will feature several staff librarians performing excerpts from some of their favorite pieces of literature. Some reading selections may contain mature content. Snacks will be served, and anyone age 18 or up is invited.

Find a few changes in October's computer class schedule

keyNorman Public Library Central has announced its schedule for free computer classes for October, and there are a couple of changes students will see.

The main change is in how classes for those first beginning at a computer, as well as the Microsoft Word series, are organized. The class Getting Started with Computers will be a five-part series that precedes by a week a three-part Microsoft Word series. This is being done to build new users’ skills to teach them some very basic things before getting into the specifics of using Word, a popular word processing program. Although all classes are offered free of charge, space in the CTC is limited, so registration in advance is requested.

The October schedule features:

Oct. 5, 10 a.m.Golden Agers’ Computer Club

Oct. 5, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 1

Oct. 6, 1 p.m. Getting Started with Computers, Day 2

Oct. 7, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 3

Oct. 8, 1 p.m. – Getting Started with Computers, Day 4

Oct. 9, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 5

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 1

Oct. 13, 1 p.m.Pinterest

Oct. 15, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 2

Oct. 16, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 3

Oct. 17, 1 p.m.Making Electronic Music

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.Golden Agers’ Computer Club

Oct. 19, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 1

Oct. 20, 1 p.m. – Microsoft Excel, Day 2

Oct. 21, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 3

Oct. 22, 10 a.m.Image Editing, Day 1

Oct. 22, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 4

Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – Image Editing, Day 2

Oct. 27, 6 p.m.QuickBooks, Day 1

Oct. 28, 6 p.m. – QuickBooks, Day 2

Oct. 29, 6 p.m.QuickBooks, Day 3

Take the next step in robotics with teen workshop

robotNorman Public Library Central takes robotics to another level with the upcoming event Robots: The Next Step. This program will excite young students about engineering and technology!

Teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to participate in the program at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

The program presenter is TechJOYnT, an Oklahoma City-based academy with the goal of presenting technology-based workshops for children of all ages. The event is limited to the first 25 participants, so registration is required.

Participants will learn about technology program that produces the interactions of a humanoid robot that can dance, converse, play games, and more. Students will also learn how to program the robot and teach it various moves!